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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news amica." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. new details are emerging about the bombers who carried out the sri lankan attacks as the death toll rises above 350. president trump vows to fight every subpoena from congress. setting up a battle between lawmakers and the white house. plus, arriving in russia in style. north korea's leader is in osvladivostok for a clely watched summit with vladimir putin. laura: welco to our viewers on
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public television here in america and around the globe. it is another day of mourning in rei lanka as more funerals held for the victims of the easter sunday attacks. the death toll has risen to 359 peop. at least 500 were injur' the nation'president is calling for the resignation of top security officials, as we are learning more about those who carried out the attack. here is the bbc's clive myrie. clive: mourning for the majority christians who died is not confined to the catholic church. at this grand mosque, prayers included thoughts for the hundreds killed, murdered in the name of a perversion of islam. the rituals remain the same. but something has changed here now. there's an undercurrent of fear that tre might be christian reprisals from that whole by thety has been tarred
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barbarity of a few, in a city that has eured so many years of interreligious cooperation. "not in our name," say the trustees of the mosque, denouncing the bombers as enemies of the faith. >> their name maybe muslims, but we won't accept tt m. we won'cept them as a muslim. city, in the this shadow of a church a suicide bomber desecrated, how can the community hl? all arnd, the living are touched by evidence of the intolerancexhibited. there are three more people who died? >> three more people. clive: this street paved with sorrow and lined by grief. so many are still awaiting burial. in this house, a woman in her 70's. her daughter, age 52.
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another woman in her 60s. some of the more than vechristian licut short here. today, in a spirit of reconciliation, they are mourned by the leader of sri lanka's catholics paid his respects, and he told me the bombings left him numb >> i lost my people. the word -- these were innocen people i had nothing to do with the spirit of these people who blasted them to pieces. it was something that i couldn't grasp and understand. i couldn't understand the rationality of what they did. clive: the families of the 8 brits n't understand either. from manchester,or 55,ine campbell was the last to be named. who want to give everyone
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ew her the opportunity to spend time with her. give them thepportunity to come together and celebrate this beautiful woman. cliv lorraine campbell's killer is thought to have liveet in this upmaeighborhood in colombo. this is the suicide bomber's fore, still sealed forensics. the family's copper factor iat where invests believe the bombs were built. sunday,guys that east the funerals are being staggered. there were dozens more today. it is a continuing process of remembrance in a land whble the only v future for its multi-religious and ethnic population is to try to live in peace. laura:li myrie reporting. as the nation grieves, we are -- the investigation is being
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stepped up. ve60 people een arrested, but police are searching for the men believed to be the islamistr, leader of group. yogita lamaye traveled to the town where he is from to learn more. gita: the search for the source of sri lank's horror leads to this town. it is where zahran hashim lived, a radical muslim cleric thought to be the mastermind of the attacks, which the islamic state group has now claimed. in his town, it is difficult to get people to talk about him. you don't know where he lived in this area? their community is under the shadow of terror. we are td he has not been seen here in more than two years. alwe fin find his sister's house. afraid of reprisals, she does not want her face to be shown,t bushe agreed to speak to us.
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yogita: later, walking through a rundown neighborhood, we're taken to his childhood home. we have been told that his parents le town a few days before the attack. zahran hashim grew up here. ti d this is his ancestral home. more recently he lived in a rented house in the town. people in the neighborhood are shocked that someone who live amidst them is suspected to be behind such brutal bombings that killed hundreds, and they shy away from talking about him. earlier in the day, we saw thed mosque he unded. today it is empty, but he is believed to have had hundreds ow fanatical fos.
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there were also many muslims who accused hiof radicalizing youngsters. this man heads the council of lol mosques. someone froour area has been linked to attacks is worrisome. we are shocked and upset by it. our country does not support hardliners. we believe in harmony and unity. tayoas a mark of respect for the victims, the town closed down. there is sorrow here, like the rest of the country, but alsoal ear of a backlash. yogita lamaye, bbc news. laura: sri lanka mourns and asks amid so many unanswered questions aut why. fre in the u.s., president trump says he wiht also be -- all subpoenas congress since
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his way. they want to see the president's tax returns. mr. trump spoke before leaving washington for atlanta. pres. trump: we are fighting all the subpoenas. , these are not, like, impartial people. the democrats are trying to win 2020. they are not going to win with people i see. they are not going to win against me. the only way they can luck out is by constantly going after me on nonsense. laura: for more, i spoke a brief time agost with ron ch, former adviser to george w. des of issued a blizzard of subpoenas and the president is fighting back. is this going to drag on for years? ron: i think it could. i think the president is on strong legal round when he comes to a case called ited states versus nixon. back in the watergate era, there were a lot of people on capitol hill who wanteidto see the prt's documents and send of aides to testify, and the
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supreme court held that there was a noti called executive privilege. i think donaldrump if the democrats persist with the subpoenas, donald trp could find himself in court for many years to come. ly, does it risk the president looking like the he has something to hide, not wanting to hand over his tax returns? ron: i think the optics look bad politically, but legally speaking, having worked in thewh e house for four years, you have executive privilege so thas the ent's closest advisers can have free conversations and they don't feel compelled that someone will drag them to t capitol hisay what did the president say to you and vice the notion of the chief legal officer, chief counsel, go to capitol hill to testify breaches executive privilege. laura: meanwhile, the former homeland security secretary apparently could not bring up how to stop russia interfering in the 202election with the president because she was told he didn't want to hear it. what do you make of that? ron: i think it is extraordinary.
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t is one thing to be on notion of executive privilege to keep conversations private, but the notion that the president would not want to hear from e of their cabinet officers about protecting the homeland of the united states i find preposterous laura: apparently, reportedly, the chief of staff told the ho land security secretary not to t raise it becau president -- he equates it with questioning his victaising the question of russia. how does that strike you? ron: of course we were not in the room and did not he conversations, so it is he said she said -- laura: but it is in mueller, too. the idea that the president thinks that raising the invalidates -- raising russia invalidates the election. ron: i just find is that it is a really interesting insight into the way thishite house works, winners and losers, who is up, who is down, let's go to twitter, as opposeto let's do the business of the american people. from mynt sn the white house, i couldne not ima president bush saying "we need a victory here for me." it is never about you. the president is only the
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occupant of the oval office and the office is bigger than the president. laura: why has the president gone from declaring victory ovel robert m to making himself the victim? ron: that is the status he enjoys. e likes portraying himself as the under guy, peoe coming after me, woe is me. as opposed to recognizing the stature of the office he hol t. it is one mysteries around the world, why does the president not recognize that he won and he is in office and people gave him responsibility to lead? that is what he should focus on. laura: ron christie, thank you. ron: good to see you. laura:ritish and irish political leaders joined mourners in belfast for the funeral of a young journalist an lyra mckee was killed on thursday as shed obser rioters clashing with police in the ci. of londonder her death brought back memories of northern ireland's violent past and prompted a debatee.bout its fut emma vardy reports. emma: a modern victim of political violence that manyd hod been confined to the past.
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thousands lined the streets of belfast for lyra mckee. her death uniting protestants and catholics, and political rivals. >> lyra was a person who broke acdown barriers and reachess boundaries. this was her hallmark in life. and this is her legacy in death. ♪ emma: side-by-side, the leaders of the democratic unionist party and sinn fein, bitter adversaries, today united in condemnation of the events which led it to lyra mckee's death. british and irish prime minister's brought together two, as theresa may and labor leader jeremy corbydkjoined leo va and the irish president michael higgins. >> lyra is many things to many
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people. emma: tributes were paid to her writing and activism. gshe campaign for peace a rights in northern ireland, and her family appealed for people to embrace her vision for change. >> we have the power to create the kind of society that lyra envisioned. one where labels are meaningless. emma: then came a reproachful plea directed at northern ireland's divided poli >> why in god's name did it takh death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her -- [applause] emma: an uncomfortable reminder that man two years since the breakdown of power-sharing in northern ireland, these leaders who've come together in inlidarity today have failed to show the same unit government.
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>> i dare to hope that lyra's murder on holy thursday evening can be the doorway to a new begiing, and i detect a deep desire for this. ♪ emma: exactly 21 years after the good friday agreemt, lyra mckee, gunned down by the new ira, has prompted a backlash against modern-day dissident republicans. the shock of lyra mckee's death has been felt widely, but theres lso a sense of hope that it can bring a new turning point which helps northern ireland move forward. >> it is ridiculous. orthere is a small my. >> i hope there is no more.
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if people would only rise up. ♪ emma: this celebration of lyra's life also a reminder omuch northern ireland has to lose through a continuation of its pa. from: emma vardy reporting northern ireland. britain's government will ly a level controversial role intech company a building the u.k.'s nextne tion of mobile communications. it puts it at odds with washington. they say that the information huawei got could be used by beijing for spying. w risky is it for the u.k. government to use huaweto build a 5g network? >> incrediblrisky, but it can be managed through the right promisesn
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that huawei brings to the u.k. laura: walt weiss says it uld never sp for beijing. -- huawei says it would never spy for beijing. it -- is that credible? >> the challenges that huawei may do everything right, but nationstate cyber operatives fr china may take advantage of the relationship. laura:e meanwhile, s. does not want the u.k. or any of its allies to use huawei. good britain be punished -- could britain be punished by america if he does this? >> we are entering a gray area with treaties and technology. pish hate to see them partners because of a difference of opinion in leveraging technology and what the risks ar we have to do a better job securing the supply chain vs. focusing on the company and its relationship and whether or not they can secure their access to
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the internet. laura: thank you for joining us. >> thanks for having me. laura: you are watching "bbc world ne america." still to come on tonight's program, from america's dad to disgraced a new book explores the fall of disgraced comedian bill cosby and the women who took him down. how many times have you left your baby in front of the telly or with the tablet so you could get a few chores done? the new advice from the world shalth organization is that babies and toddlerld not be left alone in front of a screen. dish what itd calls sedentary screen time should not hchpen before the d is two. our health correspondent has more on the story for you. watch it, all you parents out there. reporter: midmorning play date. in theun backg the tv is on, but with the excitement of toys
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and friends, going unnoticed. >> not really that interested. reporter: a screen, especially phones and tablets, are now a big part of everyday life. this report makes recommendations around activity levels, sleep, and reen time. on the last point,att recommends hildren under two, there should be no passive screen time at all. the children between two and four, limit screen time to just an hour a day, and less is better the report talks about sedentary screen time, where kids are simply plunkedon in of the tv or screen. some experts say that is too simple as of view of what is going on, and these >> things are going on in his brain at the sam' time. i dot know how we would make
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the dinner" and clean -- dinner anddn cook and clean if he't have something to watch. >> i tnk it is up to the parents to decide what your kids -- what they need and what is best for tm, because every child is so different. reporter: there are no plans to update official advicen the u.k., which sets no screen time limits but recommends children avoid screens before bedtime. laura:co bily was once known as america's dad, but that image was shattered when more than a dozen women came forward with allegations of sexual assault. he is now in state prison. journalist nicole egan coveredag the casenst cosby from the very beginning. her new book "chasing cosby" ise about thch for the truth and the women who shared stories with her.
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she joined mearlier from new york. how much courage did it take for ire women who were abused by cosby to share ttories with you? nicole: it took a tremendous amount of courage for all the osmen to come forward and tell their stories, but especially for andrea constand, who told police what happened to first her in january 2005. laura: you describe theffect that bill cosby had on these women as something called icon intimidation. what is that you don't -- what is that? term coined by an fbi profiler who is now retired and it basically means that the person who was doing these acts is powerfulpr s on people or less powerful than him, and his status as an icon blinds everyone around them to what is going on as well as the victims' families and theth victimselves. laura: to that point, did bill cosby entrap not just the women but also their families? nicole: yes, he did, he groomed bem.
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he came to them mentors and got to know their parents, either spoke to them on the phone or invited them to performances. he groomed the families as well. once he had a trusting retionship in place, that is when he preyed on them. laura: you reported on these allegations years ago. toy has it taken so long for cosby to be broughustice? nicole: first of all, the da in 2005 made clear th had wanted g to do with the case. second, the media wouldn't cover it really back then. cosby was very good at controlling the media in 2005. but in 2014 when the video of hannibal buress went viral, 2ere was social media, which didn't exist 5. it went crazy on twitter and all this other social media. and there was online media that had not been around in 2005, either. before you knew it, it picked up so much steam it couldn't be stopped. laura: without social media, is itaossible he would still b free man? nicole: absolutely. laura: how did the women who
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were so brave speaking to you feel now that they have been vindicated and believed? nicole: i mean, a lot of them omre at sentencing and one who spoke to me for the first time for the book traveled all the wafrom spain to watch the sentencing. there was a certain amount of closure felt there. but he is fighting to be released and is attacking the victims and still refuses to acknowledge he did anything wrong. they have to endure that as well. but he is doing from behind bars, at least. laura: indeed. you also write about the efforts that bill cosby's defenders made to try to discredit his accusers. what impact did that have on tho n? nicole: it had a tremendous impact on the women. they talk about that in the book and also the backlash when they came forward.r they went afcalifornia attorney with all they had in 2005, leaking every negative thing they could find about her to the media, and the media would run with it. andrea constand and ther, they made up lies about them in
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the media ran with it. they had the press surrounding themt their home, and the da did not bother to tell andrea himself orer attorneys that he was not going to press charges. they found out when reporters showed up at the lawyer's door. it had a huge impact. laura: nicole egan, thank you so much for joining us. ole: thank you. laura: north korean leader kim jong-un has arrived in for a summit with president putin. it is his first visit to the country, and he arrived armored train. a warning, steve rosenberg's report contains flashing images. steve: his armored train had all but made it into vlaok station. but somehow there was a last gasp spring clean by kim jong-un's staff.
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north korea clearly keen to make a good impression on russia. outside the tration, kim was ted to a guard of honor. it is his first visit to russia. ihe is looking quite the statesman. two summits with donald trump have ensured that, even if they have failed to persuade northto ko give up its nuclear weapons program.ev when there is a summit with kim jong-un at the table, we have gotten usedino the man siopposite being donald trump. but this time it will be vladimir putin, and that puts the kremlin leader exactly where he wants to be, center stage. vladimir putin has not met kim jong-un before, but he met his father, kim jong-il. reas for this meeting, thein has a clear message for america, you cannot solve the world's biggest problems without russia's help. steve rosenbvlg, bbc news, ivostok. laura: oh, to be a fly on the
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